Banana boat bros LeBron James and Dwyane Wade plus the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers are currently putting on a show with their 10-game winning streak but the Eastern Conference champs weren’t always happy with the idea of Wade coming in.
The three-time NBA champ revealed that Wade wasn’t popular with other team members when he came following the aftermath of former Cavs star Kyrie Irving’s departure. “There was a couple of guys with it but it wasn’t a lot,” James told the The Athletic.
One of these guys was apparently JR Smith who wasn’t exactly thrilled after losing his starter spot to the veteran newcomer.
To be honest, it’s not difficult to see why most of the Cavs were against the Wade acquisition. After all, Wade’s already fast aging at 35 and is currently in the 15th season of his NBA career. He’s also lost a ton of the explosiveness he’s known for while playing together with James for the Miami Heat where they captured back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013.
But the Cavs’ doubts were not enough to rock James’ faith in his old partner and mentor. “I still know what he’s capable of doing. Why wouldn’t you want another guy in the locker room that brings a championship mentality and a guy who can still play?” he said.
In the first few weeks of the season, it looked like James’ judgment proved to be wrong after the Wade-powered Cavs was on to a shaky start with their 5-7 record. Now it seems as if the tables have turned with Wade averaging 10.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game after embracing his role as the backup guard of the Cavs’ second unit.
Check out Wade’s performance in their recent 121–114 win against the Hawks.